Monday, July 20, 2009

Upcoming book: Library Mashups

If you're interested in Library 2.0 and library technology generally, you might want to pre-order Library mashups : exploring new ways to deliver library data (website), a collection of articles on innovative ways to use (and abuse) library data.

I haven't read it yet, except for the chapter I wrote, "Breaking into the OPAC." I'm looking forward to many, including one on John Blyberg/Darien Library's SOPAC and something on "Zack Bookmaps," an effort to show local library copies of a book, without using OCLC. There's also a chapter on the LibraryThing API and libraries, written by Robin Hastings. Nicole Engard (a LibraryThing author), shepherded the whole thing to completion.

I found the book-process frustrating at times. At their fastest—and multi-author collaborations aren't that—books are slow things. This one took about a year. But the articles still look timely to me, and it's going to be good to hold "my" book in my hands.



Anonymous Nicole C. Engard said...

I have a merging books question. I added all of the authors to this version of the book, which I added manually before it was on LOC or Amazon. Now it's on Amazon & LOC and have been imported 3 times. The titles are all linked together, but is there a way to merge the book details that I added (aka the authors).

Also - thanks for the mention!! We should see this book - in our hands - very very very soon!! And I agree waiting for a book is a long long process!

7/20/2009 8:37 PM  
Anonymous Nicole C. Engard said...

Sorry - I said 'this version' and forgot the link:

7/20/2009 8:38 PM  
Anonymous urania1 said...

So, will an e-book version (i.e., Kindle) be available for this book, or does it contain tree maps and other graphics currently impossible to produce well in Kindle format?

8/09/2009 12:08 PM  

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